Next explosion of PA 6.6 prices / Otherwise mostly stable conditions / Demand noticeably shrinks / Minor movements expected in AugustDeclining demand in July was the main reason for stagnating prices of engineering thermoplastics in Europe. For many grades, supply improved for the first time this year due to the rather restrained outflow. There have even been the first announcements of reduced delivery times for PC and PA 6. The exception was PA 6.6, which remained heavily troubled. Further production cutbacks have prolonged the ongoing scarcity. Prices skyrocketed, and monthly buyers were hit by the producers' full broadside in the starting month of the third quarter. By contrast, ABS declined due to a slumping styrene. All other grades mostly moved sideways, including PP compound grades that are close to commodities.